Confessions of a serial book hoarder…
For unknown reasons, it took me until last week to finally — finally! — get a library card here in Philly. That’s a lie actually, I know exactly why it took me so long…I am a serial book hoarder. Shocking, but true. I’ll check five books out at a time and read each one, only to watch them languish on my kitchen table for the next five months. A tidy stack of literary guilt staring me in the face every day before I walk out the door, shielding my eyes so as not to see them. After paying a rather hefty fine before moving from my last city to Philadelphia, well, it took some time to heal from those library-induced wounds…the librarian refusing to make eye contact with me as I wrote out the check, surreptitiously handing it to her before hurrying out the door, never to return. But I’m back, guys, and I’m reading. And it feels great. I even returned a book before its due date, just to prove I could do it.
After reading several more meditative books for the FP Book Club last year, I’m taking a bit of a break and delving back into my favorite genre, the murder/mystery. I’m a sucker for something dark and twisty, zigging this way before zagging unexpectedly that way. Last week I tore through Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects in three days; this week, I’m nearly done with her second book, Dark Places. I expect to finish by Friday, just in time to spend the first weekend of February nose deep in The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (I loved The Secret History, so I’m greatly looking forward to this next one).
Clearly, my must-read list is lengthy, and growing by the day, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for more. I’m always curious to know what others are reading: are you a murder/mystery fan like me? Maybe you’re obsessed with historical fiction, or have you just picked up a new cookbook that doubles as your nightly reading? (Truth: I’ve been known to read cookbooks in bed.) I’d love to know the literature that you just can’t put down, what’s on your must-read list for 2016, or the books you loved reading in 2015. Please share in the comments!